After 8 years away from Long Course, it was a fantastic return to Ironman racing by Rei (left) at Ironman Brazil
The weekend saw the return of Reinaldo Colucci to Ironman racing. His performance was near faultless. Working his way to 2nd until the last 5km, finishing with 4th in a very strong field. While people look to others as making the next Ironman breakthrough, we can say without doubt this was a true performance that had ‘watch me in the future’ written all over it.
James Cunnama used Challenge Salou as part of his travel to altitude camp in St Moritz and scored a podium, being out sprinted for second (that will be addressed in the coming weeks!) He too suffered from the blight that is within triathlon of the need for lead out motor cycles influencing race outcomes.
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
Our Team had a very nice Ironman Brasil on Sunday; we was represented with Patricia Barros; Joao Braz; Joao Quialheiro; Daniel Pegoraro and Karina Freitas
Patricia Barros who got the spot to Kona said:
“I’m so happy because for many years I tried to get my spot to Kona and I arrived in awards ceremony grateful because I will get my trophy. I know how hard and painful this race but when organizar call me and said I was qualified to Kona, all my pain disappeared and I feel how strong I am to fight again! Hope to meet all Trisutto.com Team in Kona.”
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Flora Colledge won the Einstein 2 / 80 / 20 long course Triathlon in Ulm Germany on Sunday. With a fastest swim, fastest bike and second fastest run of the female race, Flora was able to take the overall female win, and put paid to any doubts and demons following a month of managing ITB inflammation. A superb result also as we approached this race purely as a training race in preparation for Swissman next month, so no taper, and a long bike the day before 🙂 Chapeau Flora for having the confidence to follow the plan during the past testing months, as well as on race day to put that out of your mind and give it a Red Hot Go!
Gisela Reichmuth won her category and was 6th female overall at the Ingolstadt sprint distance race in Bavaria. In Gisela’s own words ‘I had some fun last days with my nieces, a Saturday night party with some wine and the sprint triathlon today. Only the young girls were in front of me 🙂 Had the fastest bike split!! It felt good!’ This can’t overcome the disappointment of missing last weekends Ironman Lanzarote with an ear infection, however shows that life goes on and we can still have fun. It also demonstrates how triathlon is an aerobic sport, and the aerobic strength endurance training for Ironman still carries over to all distances including ‘sprint’.
Andrea Rudin was second female overall and also second in her category at the Bantiger short distanceTriathlon in Switzerland. With our focus on Ironman Switzerland in July, today was speed work as part of a longer fun training day. Ride 45 minutes to the race, give the race a Red Hot Go, then ride 75 minutes home. Finish with a loosen up 2km swim in the afternoon for a very nice training day with friends, while also enjoying a local race too. Train hard, race hard, recover well 🙂
Steve Pressman raced in the Run To Remember Half Marathon in Boston. This was a super way to get in a solid 13 mile workout to round out a busy few days of travel, business meetings with clients and training. Steve is an example that if you want to make things work, you are passionate about what you do, then you will find a way.
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Last weekend was the silence before the storm with the upcoming 70.3 and Ironman races and I had just three athletes racing.
Hjordis Olafsdottir did the second Icelandic point race as a last hard training session before challenge Samorin next Saturday. It was a sprint distance race. Despite a, compared to her recent results, very week run she was over a minute faster than last year. It was extremely cold and she could not feel her legs on the run and felt nauseous in addition. This was surely the reason why she could not take the win this time and finished second overall. It was once again a very tough Icelandic race to prepare for the upcoming longer distances. It is going to be a lot warmer in Samorin this Saturday ;-).
Andre Möller did a local sprint race as well as the first Triathlon since some years. When we both started to work together the main priority was to have fun in training and racing again without struggle with injury all the time. He recently really enjoys the hard training and is completely injury free. Andre is very dedicated and will get some very decent results in the close future due to the consistent work he puts in.
Thierry Dondlinger from Luxembourg had a double race week with a bike road race on Thursday and the Luxembourg Marathon on Saturday. It was supposed to be a great preparation for his next Ironman in Klagenfurt. Unfortunately he had a flat halfway into the bike race. So far he was fine riding with the peloton but after he fixed the flat he was on his own. But the marathon went very well. He finished 2nd in his agegroup, which is a great result in a city marathon! In addition he was the third finisher from Luxembourg. Now that he has fixed his nutrition I am sure there are a lot great races to come for Thierry!
Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:
Lysander Marchena raced the Olympic distance at the Dasia International Triathlon in Curacao this weekend. Races in the Caribbean are hard due to the weather and this triathlon is definately a tough one. The island has little flat sections and the run over the golfcourse is not easy at all! Lysander has only just started training with us for his big goal but not even an eye operation and a fall of the stairs could keep him from doing his first olympic distance triathlon on the island of Curacao he calls home! I’m very proud of his perserverence and him finishing a challenging race under hot and humid conditions. Well done Lysander!
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Isabelle Boberg took part in another round of the Deaf European MTB Cup in Belgium this weekend. On Saturday, she finished a strong 2nd behind a teammate. And then to finish off the weekend, Isabelle rode even better on Sunday and came away with her second win of the year! Great weekend, Isabelle!
Maxi Spahn continues to build after an injury and found the 2nd step of the podium again this week in the FrankenCup MTB Series. We continue to keep building his fitness again, and he is consistent, and we are are going to hop on the top step very soon!
Cory Giesselman and I have been working together for a couple weeks and it’s been a great journey so far! We have really been working on his swim, and Total Body Force is producing more and more easy speed. This past week was the Curacao National Championships in the Olympic Distance. Cory was able to produce a 3min PR swim, 6min PR bike, and also a 3min PR on his run to come away with 2nd place Age Group, but also 3rd place Overall at the National Championships! Looking forward to our other goals this season and beyond, Cory! Congratulations.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Literally a hot race weekend is behind us. After a cold and rainy spring in middle Europe temperatures were climbing easily above 30 degrees. My athletes were taking on this challenge and I’m really happy that they all had great races out there including two wins of my professional athletes in local races.
Jenny Schulz was racing the Löwentriathlon, a local race in Western Germany. Jenny put the hammer down like always when she grabs a good day. She exited the water 5th over all, hammered the bike and ran fantastic 10kms time which was a total time of 2:07hrs and a 4th place over all. Jenny was just a bit disappointed that she missed the Men’s podium just by one spot. But more races to come.
Steve Ringel wanted to have a new PB on the Long Distance. Therefore he choosed the IronMedoc/FrenchMan which has a very flat bike course. Steve was thinking this must be fast. But he realized that a flat bike course can be even tougher and doesn’t have to be faster than a hilly one. While he was misguided on the first lap and missed 14kms he decided to add them towards the end of his bike ride. After finishing in 11hrs16mins he went to the referees and declared his mistake or better the mistake of the marshals. They had a little discussion but thanks goodness the Garmin technology showed that he did the whole course at the end. Next stop for Steve is the real monster Altriman in the Pyrenees.
Markus Hörmann raced a local Olympic Distance race South of Munich: Tölzer Triathlon. It was a start – finish victory and the win was never threatened. Markus did a controlled race and finished off the hilly bike and run course in a time of 1:57hrs. This is a new course record for this tough Olympic Distance. After his come-back race and a 2nd place at Triathlon Portocolom he is on a very good way back to the top. Really good to see him that strong after his hip surgery.
Moritz Bachmann was racing the Olympic Distance in Belfort. The weather conditions were really tough. The sun was burning and the thermometer climbed up to 34 degrees celsius which caused a non-wetsuit swim. Moritz improved a lot over the past years in the swim but swimming without wetsuit is always a Challenge for him. He struggled through the swim and pushed hard on the very technical bike course (1:08hrs) where he gained at least 40 places. The final run in the midday heat was just survival but with 43mins on the 10kms and in this heat Moritz is very happy. At the end he was 29th over all and we see that we are heading into the right direction for the big show at Challenge Roth.
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
Team Mazur was at it again this Sunday at the Calgary Half Marathon. Loreen scored her second top 10 AG in as many weeks and set another PB by 4min. Jan did not have the race he was looking for. What affected him on the day was over come by sheer will to not give up. He lived true to a Doc quote recently posted – “Being tough when you feel good means nothing. Being hard when you feel awful is everything”.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
This weekend, I had 2 athletes racing, and both at the same race, Triathlon Ingolstadt. They both raced the same distance which was: 2/86/20.2 Ingolstadt seems to be a great race! Yves Salzmann raced very well with a good swim, a very strong bike and a very ok run in hot conditions! He was 2nd off the bike in his age group and ended up 4th in his age group, 40-44.
This is what Yves said about the race:
First of all I have to say, I liked the whole event a lot. Great organisation, nice course and really kind of familiy atmosphere. Really recommendable if anyone wants to do a middle distance race away from the big label races!
Bettina Strehl came 4th overall and won her age group 40-44 by a long way! She had an incredible bike split and the fastest of all! Very ok swim too and a strong run!
Very well done to you both!
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
This weekend saw Rob Osborne try to back up his good performance a week ago qualifying for the worlds this season in his Ag. He raced at the British Triathlon Sprint Champs non drafting at Strathclyde. Rob’s pre season has gone very well indeed he crossed the line in 3rd position picking up a bronze medal. Well done Rob.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
A busy weekend for my TriActiv kids, an Aquathon (Run-Sea Swim-Run) race on Saturday where 26 of our kids raced, from ages of 5-17 years old. We had many strong performances, with podiums, personal bests and some kids completing their first Aquathon race.
- In the PreBenjamins category Sebastian 2nd, Nicolas was 3rd, Charlie 4th. Holly 2nd in the girls.
- In the Benjamin category Matias 1st, Dominik 2nd, Tom 3rd, Israel and Jack top 8.
- In the Alevin category Marina 4th, Sidney 5th, Becky top 8, Marisol completing her first Aquathon and Sienna finishing the race strong.
- In the Alevin boys Leo 3rd, Daniel top 5, and Harry Wynne completing his first Aquathon.
- In the Infantile category Nuirka finished her first Aquathon while Jorge win the boys with Harry 2nd.
- In the Cadete category another TriActiv complete podium with Mia 1st, Anne 2nd and Tiffany 3rd
- In the Cadete boys Marcos was 1st, Thomas 3rd.
- On Sunday we had Charlie, Tom, Dominik, Becky, Leila and Thomas all racing a Mountain Bike race near Arrecife Airport. All having fun and riding strong, all on the podium at the Awards.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Krzysztof Machnicki raced Sierakow Half Ironman Distance in Poland. It seemed that every triathlete in Poland was doing it as this is probably the hardest 70.3 distance in the country. If the course difficulty wasn’t enough the temperature increased from ca 15C a week before the race to over 30C on the race day. It was Krzysztof’s first 70.3 and he was quite nervous especially about the bike but his performance exceeded his and mine expectations. He had a very strong swim of 35min (he only started swimming 3 years ago), then went on to ride 2:23 bike which was a great performance from someone who 6months ago asked if the bike intervals are really necessary as they are quite painful 🙂 Then he started running well but the bike effort and the heat took some strength from his legs and he could ‘only’ run 1:45 on a very hilly cross country course finishing in 4:51, well below the target for the season. I’m very happy with his performance especially that it was first race at this distance and I’m sure next one will be even better.
Steve Lyons and I decided to do something different last weekend. He raced a very demanding 80k/50miles bike Time Trial and we were very happy with his performance. A very consistent ride is a good indication of what he should be able to do in 70.3 distance. As always his race report consisted of less than 100 characters!
David Nicholson likes challenges and when he learned that there s a open water 5k race close to where he was staying in Mallorca he could not let such an opportunity go. We slightly amended his training schedule to accommodate couple of longer swims and here he was at the start line. Great experience, challenging conditions and a rough swim. I’m glad he did it, a great training for an upcoming Ironman but I can sense he may not be doing many swim races shortly! His short report sums it up:
That was a tough one. Wind and waves against us all the way. Felt I kept up a good intensity but the battle with the sea was unrelenting and it slows you down after 1-1.5 hours. Finished just over 2 hours.Glad I did it but definitely prefer triathlon (or indeed single bike or running races).
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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